PARENT VOICE

The Alliance works with multiple parent groups, including the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC), the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) and the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP).  We also honor all of the work that our members do to partner with parents at the state and community level. The Alliance’s parent organizations generate and create, both individually and collaboratively, many resources that share their parent voice. It is our hope that the resources you find here will help you share and celebrate Parent Voice!

What Gets Your Wheels Spinning?

This fun one-page resource celebrates the voice of parents and how families are going positive places in their lives by building protective factors through everyday actions. The flip side offers suggestions for ways you can begin down this path by taking action today. Download it HERE.

ALLIANCE RESILIENCY PROJECT: Keeping Families Strong During COVID-19

Many families across our nation are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. To support parents during this national crisis, the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance has developed the Alliance Resiliency Project. We are partnering with Casey Family Programs to provide parents with this resource.

Families are doing their best to manage their fear and stress and to reduce the trauma being experienced by their children – but they need help. The Alliance Resiliency Project provides trusted and supportive resources for parents who are members of the Birth Parent National Network (BPNN), the Birth Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) and the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP).

Caring Conversations

The Alliance holds Caring Conversations every Monday for parents to share with each other how they are getting through this time of COVID-19, what supports they need and what creative ways they have found to make the most of this trying situation. Register HERE to participate in the next Caring Conversation.

TouchPoint Parents

TouchPoint Parents work with and support parents in the BPNN, the BPAC and the BFPP. They help parents with such concrete needs as accessing technology, financial assistance and linking to resources in their community or state. Parents are encouraged to join the Caring Conversations to connect with other parents for information and support.

Learn More

Members of the BPAC, BPNN or BFPP interested in joining the Caring Conversation and accessing a TouchPoint Parent, please email: info@ctfalliance.org. Download the Alliance Resiliency Project overview to learn more.

A Parent Shares Her Story

Raven Sigure, who is a member of the BPNN and of BFPP, shares that when she participated in the weekly Caring Conversations she realized “how comforting it is to know that there are people out there who have your back.” In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, Raven and her family had to navigate two hurricanes this year. She says, “Children’s Trust Fund Alliance frequently called me to make sure that my family had everything we needed as Hurricane Laura battered Louisiana in mid-August.”

Read Raven’s Story

CONVERSATIONS for a BETTER NORMAL: How the Protective Factors Can Help Navigate the COVID-19 Crisis

The Alliance introduces a new tool to help you facilitate conversations – in English or Spanish – about how the protective factors we have built can help us navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The tool is structured around the five protective factors, with questions focusing on each of the everyday actions. It is designed to help you create virtual conversations with parent groups, colleagues, community members and others. The questions were created by the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) with input from other Alliance parent leaders and staff.

This suite of tools consists of:

  • Facilitator guide with instructions, questions and tips for the virtual conversation; the guide is set up as a fillable PDF form for easy use or can be downloaded if you prefer taking handwritten notes – ENGLISH or SPANISH
  • Participant worksheets for each protective factor; these are optional handouts and available as fillable PDF forms – ENGLISH or SPANISH
  • A link to a Google form where you can share the wisdom and stories gathered during your conversation.
  • PowerPoint with images that you can use or customize for your virtual conversation – ENGLISH or SPANISH

Parents Share Wisdom During Conversations

Because of the Conversations for a Better Normal tool, parent voices are being heard. Parent examples and stories have been gathered as participants shared their stories through a short and simple Google form. Click HERE to download some of the wisdom collected, and be inspired to hold your own conversations. It’s important to report back with the Google form to help influence policy policymakers and organizations who determine how best to use funding to support children and families.

Alliance Resources for Virtual Conversations

Children’s Trust Fund Alliance has many existing tools on our website that are adaptable to a virtual meeting environment. This index lists those resources with links to the website page or section where you can access them and a description for how each could work in a virtual conversation. The introduction also contains some tips conducting virtual meetings. Click HERE to access the PDF index with clickable links to these resources.

List of Recommended COVID-19 Resources

The Children’s Trust Fund Alliance collected these resources to share with colleagues and parents to help families stay strong during the Coronavirus pandemic. This list was shared with the Alliance’s Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) during a recent virtual Caring Conversation. Click HERE to access a PDF with clickable links to resources that may help with stress and more.

SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN: Resiliency Takes Time

As we navigate the COVID-19 crisis, the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) is continuing to create and share images and messages that will help us find our true north during this time. Hopefully, these messages will help focus our energies where we believe they should truly be right now — not just as a reaction to the crisis that surrounds us. Resiliency isn’t built in single moments but in multiple ways and experiences. There is much unknown ahead of us, and we need to build tools that can help us move forward.

Download the Images

When you click to download the images, you will download a JPEG of the image. Web links are not live in a JPEG, so be sure to include the tiny URL link provided with the image when sharing on social media. There is a suggested message for you to copy and use when posting the image on social media. This text provides links directly to the referenced resources and includes the hashtag #ctfresilienttogether

Victoria Hilt, a member of the ANPPC, created from her home a step-by-step video of how to download an image and post it to the various social media platforms. To view this 6-minute video, click on the button below.

NEW LOCATION

Protective Factors Social Media Campaign

The social media campaign promoting the Strengthening Families Protective Factors has been moved to the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) page. You’ll find the 20 images in the ANPPC’s resource section HERE. Created to help parents navigate the Coronavirus crisis, the ANPPC’s 5-week campaign focuses on a different protective factor each week with links to various resources. Feel free to use the entire campaign, focus on one specific protective factor or use isolated images that meet your needs.

Find the Protective Factors Social Media Campaign HERE.

Images to Share

We will be posting a couple of images a week with links to resources. Feel free to use those that meet your needs.

Coping with media coverage.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to resiliency. As we look to help our children process what they might be seeing or hearing on the news this video by the University of Missouri Disaster and Community Crisis Center offers some great tips and reminders. https://tinyurl.com/ybml42x4

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Relationships, routines and resilience.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to providing resources during COVID-19. Resilience is not something that is done is isolation. Learn about the new 3 Rs: relationships, routines and resilience. Check out this article: https://tinyurl.com/y9ug5a4m

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Calm down by blowing bubbles.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to providing resources during COVID-19. Our kids have had a lot to adjust to and we have learned they need lots of different strategies or options. Check out this list of 100 calm down techniques for some ideas you and your child might like to try: https://tinyurl.com/yb4tg66o

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A fort can be a safe space.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to providing resources during COVID-19. Children love to build forts or have special spaces. Check out this article that explains why our kids may desire these even more now: https://tinyurl.com/ybtgkdta

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Resilience is when you try and try again.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to building resiliency. We know life can get complicated and feel overwhelming at times, but with some intention and resources we can stay strong. Learn more about resilience at Dr.Machelle Thompson’s blog: https://tinyurl.com/y7p4ao7j

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Learn together.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Use this time as a chance to learn with your child. The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration’s (CILC) website which offers free, live-streaming programs each day for students in grades K–6th. Visit the CILC’s Community for Learning website, and learn together. https://tinyurl.com/yczt22q7

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Go on a scavenger hunt.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. We all have been trying to find new things to do with our children. Check out these different scavenger hunts you can do with your kids at home or outside on a walk. https://tinyurl.com/ydfckwkg

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School's out! Let's celebrate.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to providing resources during COVID-19. We have celebrations with school ending, and we wanted to share some new ways to celebrate. Common Sense Education has 30 ways to celebrate from a safe distance: https://tinyurl.com/y9nq2vmf

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Spread kindness and positivity.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Many communities are trying to find ways to spread positivity. Some are painting kindness rocks and placing them all sorts of places to brighten people’s day. Watch this how-to paint kindness rocks video at https://tinyurl.com/y7ftlhfo and spread kindness and more.

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Help your children build resilience.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Resilience can be built in many ways and we have a great opportunity to help our children with that now. Take a moment as a family for Yoga or exercise, and then check out https://tinyurl.com/ycjnwupj for more strategies that build resilience in children.

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It's time for a dance party.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Our emotions have been tested during this time. Science has shown music affects our moods, and having a dance party with your kids will reset everyone’s day. Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/y8qmyqol and start dancing.

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Discover the power of deep breathing.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Check out this video that teaches about the power of deep breathing. https://tinyurl.com/sk8eky3

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Be active. Be kind. Have Fun.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Check out this calendar that lets you get active while doing acts of kindness.  Moving around and doing small things can make a big difference in your day. https://tinyurl.com/ycxo8cmz

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Explore new family games.

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The Alliance National Parent Partnership Council is committed to helping provide resources during COVID-19. Check out the Kid Splaining YouTube channel where Jarred and Peyton explain how to play some new board games. Games are a great way to pass the time and they help develop fine motor and problem-solving skills. kid-splaining.com

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Partnership Academy Webinar Series

This series of webinars is created and sponsored by the Alliance National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC). We believe that there are some hallmarks of great partnerships  – and we seek to find and build those hallmarks in partnerships between parent leaders and organizational leaders. The ANPPC continues to develop tools, technical assistance and other opportunities to encourage and build exemplary partnerships that demonstrate qualities such as common values, trust, mutual respect, defined expectations, synergy and great two-way communication. We hope that you will join us. If you missed any of these opportunities, we will always share materials from and recordings of past webinars.

Past Webinars:

October 8, 2019 – Tools and Tips To Get Your Wheels Spinning — Exploring the four stages of partnership

February 11, 2020 — Bringing Your Best To the Partnership — Exploring a new tool for digging into the four stages of partnership

  • Click Here to Download the Recording of the Webinar
  • Click Here to Download Materials from the Webinar

May 26, 2020 – Activating Your Protective Factors During COVID-19 — Exploring the Better Normal Conversation tool

  • Click Here to Download the Recording of the Webinar
  • Click Here to Download Materials from the Webinar